Dieu du Ciel Pionnière
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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Black IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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Black IPA impériale / Imperial Black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a deep black with a tan head. Nose is very hoppy and piny and citrusy. Had this on a gravity keg. Very full bodied and robust ale. Lots of hops but a big malt backbone balances it very well. Really drinkable and really tasty. Finish is big and bittter. Well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
[3436-20101029] Cask. Not much aroma, a little citrus pulp. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Bitter citrus wood malt flavour has a pause and then a roast malt aftertaste. Full body. Interesting, quite drinkable.
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap at Volo, on cask. Exceptional beer, almost full marks. Aromas of chocolate, grass, and coffee. Sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Syrupy, with a medium-to-full body. Black, with a frothy white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
2010-10-29. Very dark brown-black body, small frothy tan head. 3+ Modest roast and green hops in aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest roast and hop character. 7+ Smooth average plus palate. Solid, very drinkable but lacks the complexity and oomph of the Volo ’V’ sampled earlier. Enjoyable. Cask at Volo, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
On cask for Cask Days at Volo in Toronto. Served in an English pint glass. Pours hazy dark chestnut with a small rocky tan head. The head remains but leaves no lace. The nose has notes of roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, pine and some citrus. There is also a strange hint of vinyl in this cask. The flavour is roasty throughout, with a bitterness that becomes fairly intense towards the end. The finish is long and roasty with bitter hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a watery-oily texture and flat carbonation. Overall, this does well in combining roasted malts with citrusy hops. The finish is nice. The aroma was decent apart from the weird vinyl. Perhaps this was related to the way the cask was tapped? 2010-10-29

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2921) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Dark brown color, with a tan-colored head, leaving some lacing, black, chocolate, dark malt, cocoa powder nose, with a mild chocolate, back coffee note with a light floral grassy, leafy accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, flowery hop piney, grassy character upfront with some faint bitter dark chocolatey flavour, within a some roasted, black, chocolate malt accents, leading towards a warming, dark bitter chocolate, lingering hop pellet, piney, resiny bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
cask at the brewpub. pours black with a thick off white head that left lots of lacing. aroma is dominated by hops, with some roasted malts. taste is very hoppy, a bit earthy and nutty, with a long bitter finish. mouthfeel is above average, and it is medium to heavy bodied. not bad, but not one of my favourites from thsi brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops and roasted malts coalesce, hugged by caramelized passages for an intense but balanced Imperial Black IPA experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces all around the brown-edged blackness.
-The resinous hop bitterness is powerful, but never linear. Roasted malts join in.
-I can’t say this is a complex example of the style, but it is nonetheless very enjoyable and well crafted.
-Even though this is very good, I think I still prefer their regular strength Black IPA (Pénombre) which has a similar flavor profile, but more drinkability.

Bottle at the brewpub; nearly a year old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3103) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
dark brown pour, aroma of roasted malts, bitter piney hops, and some coffee, and toffee. The flavor is quite sweet, and finished quite bitter with a mix of piney hops, and roasted malt bitternesses. and interesting black ipa. Quite a bit more complex them your regualr black ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2228) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at Vermont Brewfest 2010. Black pour, decent sized light tan head. Aroma starts with heavy notes of chocolate, lactic cream, caramel, and roasted malt-- my initial thought was "porter." Upon sipping, however, the heavy malt notes eventually give way to a really nice but subtle presence leading to a semi-bitter finish that is still balanced by the aforementioned darker traits. Palate is creamy and rich, not as bitter as many black IPAs. Most beers in this style taste like regular IPAs but appear black; in this, the black conveys not only the color, but much of the beer’s smell and taste. Very nice.

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